Degree Not Required

Today there are numerous good-paying jobs without degrees that applicants can obtain without finishing college or high school.

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Prepare or serve specialty coffee or other beverages. Serve food such as baked goods or sandwiches to patrons.

  • Average Salary:$23,860
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Tree Trimmers and Pruners

Using sophisticated climbing and rigging techniques, cut away dead or excess branches from trees or shrubs to maintain right-of-way for roads, sidewalks, or utilities, or to improve appearance, health, and value of tree. Prune or treat trees or shrubs using handsaws, hand pruners, clippers, and power pruners. Works off the ground in the tree canopy and may use truck-mounted lifts.

  • Average Salary:$41,340
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Athletes and Sports Competitors

Compete in athletic events.

  • Average Salary:$50,850
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes, to provide assistance and protection to participants.

  • Average Salary:$25,020
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

Perform any combination of light cleaning duties to maintain private households or commercial establishments, such as hotels and hospitals, in a clean and orderly manner. Duties may include making beds, replenishing linens, cleaning rooms and halls, and vacuuming.

  • Average Salary:$26,220
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

Landscape or maintain grounds of property using hand or power tools or equipment. Workers typically perform a variety of tasks, which may include any combination of the following: sod laying, mowing, trimming, planting, watering, fertilizing, digging, raking, sprinkler installation, and installation of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units.

  • Average Salary:$31,730
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Farm Labor Contractors

Recruit and hire seasonal or temporary agricultural laborers. May transport, house, and provide meals for workers.

  • Average Salary:$47,780
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school


Play parts in stage, television, radio, video, or film productions, or other settings for entertainment, information, or instruction. Interpret serious or comic role by speech, gesture, and body movement to entertain or inform audience. May dance and sing.

  • Average Salary:Not available
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Baggage Porters and Bellhops

Handle baggage for travelers at transportation terminals or for guests at hotels or similar establishments.

  • Average Salary:$27,050
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school

Amusement and Recreation Attendants

Perform a variety of attending duties at amusement or recreation facility. May schedule use of recreation facilities, maintain and provide equipment to participants of sporting events or recreational pursuits, or operate amusement concessions and rides.

  • Average Salary:$24,760
  • Most Common Education:Less than high school